Married (Cindy)...Graduated from Coconut (FL) High School...named First-Team All-State as senior after batting .449 with 29 stolen bases and 39 runs scored...Played 4 seasons of baseball at Florida International University in Miami...hit .338 with 44 HRs and 142 RBI over his 4-year career with Panthers...Was named Sun Belt Conference Player of Year as senior (2002), batting .358 with an NCAA -leading 29 HRs and 71 RBI in 61 games.2010In his 9th professional season, Eldred split campaign between triple-A Colorado Springs and Rockies...Named Pacific Coast League mid-season All-Star...Hit .264 (64-for-384) with 30 HRs and drove in 84 runs while playing for Colorado Springs...his 30 HRs were 2nd-highest total in his career (35 in 2008) and were 5th-most in PCL...Hit 3 HRs May 23 at Iowa and recorded 4 different multi-HR games throughout season...Batted .341 (31-for-91) with 11 HRs and 31 RBI in month of May...Went 7-for-11 (.636) with HR and 17 RBI when batting with bases loaded...Appeared in just 11 games with Colorado, going 6-for-24 (.250) with HR and 3 RBI.2009Spent entire campaign with triple-A Syracuse batting .269 (95-for-353) with 17 HRs and 59 RBI in 105 games...Missed month of season from July 21-Aug. 15 with right heel contusion.2008While playing for Charlotte, led triple-A International League and all Chicago White Sox farmhands with 35 HRs and 100 RBI despite missing full month due to injury...Burst onto big league scene with Pittsburgh in 2005, belting 12 HRs and driving in 27 RBI in just 55 games over final 2 months of season...Was once cited by Baseball America as 'Best Power Hitter' and No. 8 prospect in Pittsburgh organization...Named Pacific Coast League mid-season All-Star...Hit .264 (64-for-384) with 30 HRs and drove in 84 runs while playing for Colorado Springs...his 30 HRs were 2nd-highest total in his career (35 in 2008) and were 5th-most in PCL...Hit 3 HRs May 23 at Iowa and recorded 4 different multi-HR games throughout season...Batted .341 (31-for-91) with 11 HRs and 31 RBI in month of May...Went 7-for-11 (.636) with HR and 17 RBI when batting with bases loaded...Appeared in just 11 games with Colorado, going 6-for-24 (.250) with HR and 3 RBI...Was selected to IL mid-season and postseason All-Star teams...Fractured finger on his left hand, June 22, and went on DL from June 23-July 22...Named International League Player of Week for May 11 (.433, 4 HRs, 8 RBI)...Played with Aguilas del Zulia in Venezuelan Winter League.2007Played in 19 games with Pittsburgh, but spent majority of season with Indianapolis of triple-A International League...Made Pittsburgh's Opening Day roster for 1st time and batted .109 (5-for-46) with 2 HRs and 3 RBI...Hit .209 (65-for-311) with 15 HRs and 45 RBI in 86 games for Indianapolis.2006Played in just 18 games with Indianapolis (AAA)...Suffered a fractured left thumb and damaged the collateral ligament in the joint during collision at first base on 4/23 and missed remainder of the season...Went hitless in first three games (11 at bats) before homering twice and knocking in four runs on 4/9 at Pawtucket (game two)...Also homered the following day at Ottawa...Participated in the Arizona Fall League and hit .231 (15-for-65) with one home run and eight RBI in 18 games with Grand Canyon...Hit lone homer in his first game...Also went 1-for-18 in six games during the Dominican Winter League.2005Combined to hit 40 home runs at three different levels of play...Hit 13 homers at Double-A, 15 at Triple-A and 12 with the Pirates...Became just the third player ever to hit 10 or more home runs at three different levels during the same season; joining Erubiel Durazo in 1999 and Adam Dunn in 2001...Began season with Altoona (AA)...Homered twice on 4/10 @Reading and hit three home runs in his first four games from 4/7-11...Hit a grand slam while going 3-for-5 on 4/29 vs. Trenton...Reached base safely in 20 straight games from 4/9 thru 5/2...Produced second two-homer game on 5/2 vs. Reading...Also established club record by homering in six consecutive games from 4/26 thru 5/2 (Adam Hyzdu held previous record of five in 1999)...Was promoted to Indianapolis (AAA) following the game on 5/2...Was leading all of professional baseball with 13 home runs at the time of his promotion...Was also pacing the Eastern League in RBI, slugging percentage (.869), extra-base hits (19) and runs scored at the time of his promotion...Was named the Eastern League Player-of-the-Month for April after hitting .316 (28-for-84) with six doubles, 10 home runs, 22 RBI, 18 runs scored and a .789 slugging percentage...Made Triple-A debut on 5/3 @Toledo and went 1-for-4 with an RBI-single in first at bat...Hit first home run with Indians on 5/9 vs. Richmond while also driving in four runs...Was hitting just .190 (8-for-42) after his first 11 Triple-A games...Went deep twice in 5/16 contest vs. Norfolk...Hit safely in 10 of his 13 games from 5/20 thru 6/6...Missed 15 games from 6/7-22 with a right rib cage contusion...Homered in four straight games (five total) from 7/8-14. ...Hit 10 home runs in his last 11 games with Indianapolis...Batted .350 (21-for-60) with 10 homers and 26 RBI in 18 Triple-A games during the month of July...Was named the International League Batter-of-the-Week for week of 7/18-24 after hitting .643 (9-for-14) in his final four games with the Indians...Was recalled by Pittsburgh on 7/22 and made first major league start that night vs. Colorado...Singled off Jamey Wright in first major league at bat...Started three straight games at first base against Colorado from 7/22-24 and went 2-for-11 (.182)...Picked up first big-league RBI on 7/23...Snapped an 0-for-12 streak while going 2-for-4 on 7/29 @Florida...Went 4-for-4 with three doubles and three RBI, including a "walkoff" double, in Pittsburgh's 9-8 win vs. San Diego on 8/3. ...Connected off Los Angeles' Derek Lowe at PNC Park for first major league home run on 8/5...Homered in back-to-back games on 8/11 @Colorado and 8/12 @Houston...Homered three times in a four-game stretch from 8/18-21, but went 1-for-27 with 17 K's in his next eight games from 8/22-30...His six home runs hit during the month of August tied Philadelphia's Ryan Howard for the lead among all major league rookies...Went 3-for-43 with 23 strikeouts in 14 games from 8/22 thru 9/8, dropping average from .289 to .220...Hit safely in four straight games (8-for-14) from 9/11-14...Homered twice on 9/14 @St. Louis...His three-hit game on 9/18 vs. Cincinnati raised batting average to .260...Went 3-for-40 in next 11 games and finished season with an 0-for-23 streak...His last three hits were all home runs and came in a four-game span between 9/20-24...Made 50 appearances (46 starts) at first base for the Pirates and committed seven errors (six fielding and one throwing)...Tallied lone pinch-hit on 9/16 vs. Cincinnati (game two). ...Participated in the Arizona Fall League and batted .289 (28-for-97) with seven home runs and 28 RBI in 25 games for the Peoria Saguaros...Was named Batter-of-the-Week for week of 10/17-23...Ranked fourth among league leaders in homers and third in RBI. ...Also played winter ball in Mexico and hit .211 (8-for-38) in 10 games with Mazatlan.2004Combined to hit .301 with 38 home runs and 137 RBI in 130 games between Lynchburg (A) and Altoona...Was named Pittsburgh's Minor League Player-of-the-Year...Led all minor league players with 137 RBI and ranked sixth with 38 homers...Was named the Most Valuable Player of the Carolina League, despite playing just 91 games...Began season with Lynchburg and finished as the Carolina League leader in slugging percentage (.570) despite being promoted to Double-A in mid-July...Also ranked third in the league in batting and fourth in RBI...Tied for fourth in home runs...Went 4-for-5 with two home runs (including a grand slam) and a team-record 10 RBI in a 13-2 win @Winston-Salem on 4/16 (also set club record with 11 total bases in the contest)...Finished month of April with a .243 average, but hit .327 (37-for-113) with 10 home runs and 28 RBI in 30 games the following month...Batted .382 (34-for-89) in 24 games during the month of June to raise his average to .324...Hit safely in 10 consecutive games from 6/13-26 (18-for-38, .474)...Set a Lynchburg record by homering in four consecutive games from 7/12-16...Hit .330 with 19 homers and 58 RBI in his final 71 games with the Hillcats...Despite hitting .323 with 15 homers and 62 RBI in the first half of the season, was not selected to the Carolina League mid-season All-Star Team...Had second two-homer game on 7/12 @Frederick...Was promoted to Altoona on 7/21...Was leading the Carolina League in home runs (21) and RBI (77) at the time of his promotion...Made Double-A debut on 7/21 and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts vs. Erie...After going hitless in his first 10 at bats with the Curve (with 8 K's), connected on a two-run single for first Double-A hit on 7/28 vs. Akron...Was named the Eastern League's Player-of-the-Month for August after hitting .340 with 14 homers and 50 RBI in 27 games during the month; fell just three RBI shy of the Major League record for RBI in a month (53 by Hack Wilson in 1930 and Joe DiMaggio in 1939)...Tied a Curve franchise record with three doubles on 8/5 @Akron...Recorded his first two-homer game at the Double-A level and knocked in five runs in the Curve's 9-2 win vs. Harrisburg on 8/7...Smacked a home run, which was estimated to go 470 feet, in Altoona's 6-2 win @New Hampshire on 8/10...Hit a pair of homers against New Hampshire RHP Josh Banks (his former college teammate & roommate) in Curve's 11-0 win @Gill Stadium on 8/12...Produced his third, two-homer game in eight days while going 3-for-5 with a grand slam, a solo homer, a double and six RBI in 10-5 win @Reading on 8/15...His 10th home run with Altoona came in just his 23rd game with the club on 8/21 vs. Bowie...Hit his 11th long ball in a span of 16 games and posted six RBI for the second time in one week in Altoona's 12-0 rout vs. Bowie on 8/22...Drilled his second grand slam in eight days on 8/23 @Erie...Batted .231 (6-for-26) with a double, home run and four RBI in six Eastern League playoff games.2003Spent entire season with Hickory (A)...Led South Atlantic League first basemen with a .990 fielding percentage (minimum of 93 games played)...Made 105 appearances @first base and made nine errors in 922 total chances...Led team in home runs, RBI and extra-base hits (50)...Led South Atlantic League in HR/AB ratio, homering once every 15 times at bat...Ranked second among league leaders in homers, tied for third in RBI and ranked fourth in extra-base hits...Led Pittsburgh farmhands in home runs...Knocked in four or more runs in a game five times, including a pair of five-RBI contests (4/28 vs. Lexington & 5/10 vs. Savannah)...Led circuit in strikeouts and fanned at least once in 89 of his 115 games...Batted .315 (29-for-92) with six homers and 21 RBI in 25 games during the month of April...Went 7-for-15 with three home runs and 11 RBI during a four-game series vs. Lexington from 4/25-28. ...Compiled a season-best 10-game hitting streak from 5/3-13, during which he hit .375 (15-for-40) with three home runs, 11 RBI and eight runs scored...Average dropped from .313 to .259 after going 8-for-62 (.129) during an 18-game stretch from 5/19 (game two) to 6/26...Posted just a .186 average (13-for-70) in June...Homered 20 times and knocked in 24 runs in 29 games during the month of July...Hit just .200 (16-for-80) in his final 24 games...Smacked a grand slam on 8/25 vs. Asheville...Went 4-for-12 (.333) with three runs scored in three post-season games.2002Spent first professional season with Williamsport (A) after being selected by Pittsburgh in the sixth round of the June draft...Was named to the New York-Penn League All-Star team...Led club in home runs, RBI, runs scored, games played and extra-base hits (35)..Ranked second among league leaders in total bases (136), third in home runs, doubles and strikeouts and fourth in RBI...Shared league lead with four intentional walks...Set a franchise record with 22 doubles, besting Eric Hinske's mark (19) set in 1998...Named the league's Player-of-the-Week for the week of 7/15-21 after hitting .577 (15-for-26) with three home runs, 10 RBI and eight runs scored...Posted multi-hit games in four of his first five professional contests...Hit .314 (32-for-102) and knocked in 26 runs during the month of July...Also recorded two or more hits in six of his seven games during the week of 7/15-21...Had four hits in four at bats on 7/19 vs. Lowell...Posted a season-high four RBI on 7/21 vs. Lowell...Collected three doubles and seven RBI during an eight-game hitting streak from 7/26 thru 8/3...Made 60 appearances @first base and committed 10 errors.